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List of famous bassists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bassists in the world? This includes the most prominent bassists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bassists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bassists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bassists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known bassists to the lesser known bassists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the bassist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bassists ever?" and "What are the names of famous bassists?" then you're in the right place. (1381 items)

Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more

Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the ...more

Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan ...more

Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he has led the industrial ...more

Flea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Michael Peter Balzary, better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the ...more

Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, later named John Beverley, was an English bass guitarist, drummer and vocalist, most famous as a member of the influential punk group the Sex Pistols, and ...more

Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys.

Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Anthony Joseph "Joe" Pereira is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. He was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone's ...more

Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American songwriter and musician, best known as founding member, songwriter and bassist for punk rock band the Ramones. ...more

Jermaine Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Jermaine La Jaune Jackson is an American singer, bass guitarist, composer, and occasional film director, best known as a member of The Jackson 5. He also produced and recorded duets with ...more

Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bassists
John Alec Entwistle was an English musician, songwriter, singer, film and music producer, who was best known as the bass guitarist for English rock band The Who. He was the only member of the ...more

Tony Ashwin Kanal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Tony Ashwin Kanal is a British-American musician, record producer and songwriter. Kanal is the bassist for the American rock band No Doubt. His musical work outside of the band includes ...more

Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during ...more

Peter Steele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Peter Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative. Before forming Type O Negative, he had ...more

Arthur Kane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Arthur Harold Kane Jr. was a musician best known as the bass guitarist for the pioneering glam rock band the New York Dolls. Kane was a founding member of the Dolls in 1971 and remained an ...more

Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson is an American bassist, former television music competition judge, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known ...more

Mike Starr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, which he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.

Ville Valo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Ville Hermanni Valo is a Finnish singer, songwriter, artist, and multi instrumentalist. He is the frontman of the Finnish rock band HIM. Valo has a baritone voice type and has maintained a wide ...more

Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band ...more

Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe. Prior to forming ...more

Joe Escalante is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Joseph Patrick "Joe" Escalante is an American musician, record label owner, radio host, film and music video director, and amateur matador, as well as a former television executive and ...more

Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bassists
George Roger Waters is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, ...more

Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Geddy Lee Weinrib, OC, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee ...more

Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, ...more

Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black ...more

Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Bill Wyman is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer best known as the bassist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997, he has ...more

Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Shelton Hank Williams, also known as Hank Williams III and Hank 3, is an American musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to his honky tonk recordings, Williams' style alternates ...more

Ronnie Wood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Ronald David "Ronnie" Wood is an English rock musician, songwriter, singer, artist and radio personality best known as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1975, as well as a member of ...more

Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal ...more

Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. He is best known for ...more

Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Meshell Ndegeocello is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. ...more

Mark Stoermer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Mark August Stoermer is an American musician, producer and singer-songwriter best known for being the bassist for alternative rock band The Killers. In 2011, he released his debut solo album ...more

Krist Novoselic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Krist Anthony Novoselic is an American rock musician. He was the bassist and co-founder of the grunge band Nirvana. After Nirvana disbanded following the death of singer Kurt Cobain, Novoselic ...more

Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bassists
John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, composer and vocalist, known primarily for his multi-faceted contributions to the legendary British supergroup Cream, which ...more

Bruce LaBruce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Bruce LaBruce is a Canadian writer, filmmaker, photographer and underground adult director based in Toronto, Ontario. His films explore themes of sexual and interpersonal transgression against ...more

Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Clifford Lee Burton was an American musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica. Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and performed on the band's first ...more

Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Phillip Chapman Lesh is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career. After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh ...more

Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Charles Salvatore "Chuck" Panozzo is an American musician best known as the bass player for the rock band Styx. A longtime member of Styx, he founded the group with his fraternal twin ...more

Michael Steele is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Michael Steele is an American bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and singer. She was a member of The Bangles and The Runaways, along with other bands.

Gabe Saporta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Gabriel Eduardo "Gabe" Saporta is an Uruguayan American musician, he is the lead singer and primary creative force behind the synthpop band Cobra Starship. He was previously the lead ...more

Mikey Welsh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Michael Edward "Mikey" Welsh was an American artist and musician, best known as the former bassist of Weezer. He played with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo during Cuomo's time in Boston ...more

Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New ...more

Tim Commerford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Timothy Robert Commerford is an American musician, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine and the now-defunct supergroup, ...more

Stefan Olsdal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Stefan Alexander Bo Olsdal is the bassist/guitarist of the alternative rock band Placebo and is part of the electronic dance/DJ and remix act Hotel Persona.

Georg Listing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Georg Listing is a member of the musical group, Tokio Hotel.

John Rich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bassists
John Rich is an American country music singer-songwriter. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music band Lonestar, in which he played bass guitar and alternated with Richie ...more

Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is a British-based American singer-songwriter, bass guitar player, and actor. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star breaking a ...more

Aimee Mann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Aimee Mann is an American rock singer, singer-songwriter, bassist and guitarist.

Andy Bell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bassists
Andrew Piran "Andy" Bell is a British musician who plays guitar in the band Ride. He is a songwriter, singer, producer, DJ and former member of the band Hurricane #1. He is also well ...more